By John King
In all, 14 growing regions — also known as American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) — span the state, each showcasing that area’s unique soils, growing capabilities, and distinct climates.
With a wide variety of growing conditions and such an enormous annual output, it’s no surprise that wine touring has become such a popular activity throughout Washington. So, if you’re looking for your next favorite chardonnay or merlot, here’s a look at Washington’s 14 regions, along with what to expect in each, what sets them apart, and how to explore every area.
Before you head out, however, keep in mind that wineries and tasting rooms may keep limited hours and require reservations. Check with your preferred wineries ahead of time and prepare for social distancing measures to keep visitors and employees safe. Remember to designate a driver.
No tour of Washington’s wine scene is complete without a nod to the AVA that started it all.
Not a mountain, nor red in color, but it has some of Washington’s most popular grapes.
Horse Heaven Hills AVA produces nearly a quarter of the state’s grape production.
The Snipes Mountain AVA has a vast output despite being Washington’s second-smallest growing region.
What sets Lake Chelan apart from the rest of the region is a higher elevation and more moderate climate.
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